Stunning gene therapy breakthrough driven by great dedication and graft | Robin McKie

There has been a surprising outbreak of the use of the c-word among medical researchers over the past few days. Normally cautious in their language, they have nevertheless been wielding the term “cure” when discussing the long-term potential of two separate treatments for inherited ailments that were announced last week. Such enthusiasm is striking. In …

Gambling addicts still hooked on machines as bookies fail to enforce scheme

A government scheme that is meant to allow staff at betting shops to bar problem gamblers has drawn fresh criticism after an investigation found that addicts are still being allowed to bet. An undercover reporter posing as a known problem gambler who should have been ejected from bookmakers when attempting to use fixed-odds betting terminals …

Last week, a model described luxury lingerie as ‘empowering’. Is she right?

Amid the scantily clad world of lingerie modelling, a pair of Victoria’s Secret angel wings are the ultimate accessory. Heavily laden with an elaborate concoction of feathers, crystals and other flamboyant embellishments, the coveted wings are awarded to a handful of the 50 or so models who appear in the brand’s annual catwalk extravaganza. And, …

Africa’s new elite force: women gunning for poachers and fighting for a better life

The black metal of the AR-15 rifle has worn silvery and shiny in parts after years of use. More manageable than an AK-47 in close-quarter combat, the weapon is precise enough to bring down an enemy target at 500 metres. Used for decades by anti-poaching units throughout Africa, today this gun is not carried by …